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Better Late Than Never – EU Condemns Arab Terror

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

The morning after the first of two horrifying Arab terror attacks stole the lives of young Jews in Israel and wounded several other innocent bystanders, the European Union finally issued a statement condemning the murders – sort of.

“Today’s terrible acts of terror in Israel and the West Bank deserve strong condemnation,” read the statement sent to media via email.

“We express our deepest condolences to the families and friends of the deceased, and extend sincere wishes to the persons injured for their full and speedy recovery.”

But having made the obligatory condolences, either David Kriss himself – the press and information manager for the EU delegation to the State of Israel — or the High Representative Federica Mogherini then added a second comment.

Perhaps they just couldn’t resist the opportunity to get in an extra political dig as Israeli were grieving and Palestinian Authority Arabs were celebrating.

“As highlighted to all interlocutors during the recent visit of the High Representative in the region, we are extremely worried by the current situation that – in the absence of political perspective – can further deteriorate. We urge political leaders to act responsibly and to work for a quick de-escalation of tensions.”

One wonders precisely who the “we” in the statement is, and which “political leaders” they are referring to. What kind of “responsible actions” do they believe have been lacking and exactly how would they advise Israel to ‘work for a quick de-escalation of tensions,” pray tell?

Of course, the content of the entire statement was then carefully disavowed by the disclaimer at the end of the email:

This message is not an official communication of the European Union or its Delegation in Israel. The latter does not accept legal responsibility for its contents, unless confirmed in writing by an authorized signatory. Access is authorized only by the intended recipient(s). The recipient(s) shall respect the confidentiality of the message content. The European Union Delegation to the State of Israel accepts no responsibility with regard to any computer virus transferred by way of this e-mail.

EU Chief Says ‘Jerusalem Can And Should Be Capital of 2 States’

Monday, November 10th, 2014

The European Union’s new foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini said this weekend that Jerusalem should be shared between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

“I think Jerusalem can be and should be the capital of two states,” Mogherini told reporters.

She made the statement at a joint news conference with Palestinian Authority prime minister Rami Hamdallah in Ramallah on Saturday, according to AFP.

“Jerusalem is not just a beautiful city, the challenge is to show that Jerusalem can be shared in peace and respect,” Mogherini said.

“The message is not for the people who live here, the message is to the rest of the world. It is not a Palestinian-Israeli situation; it is a global issue.”

New EU Foreign Policy Chief Set to Visit Israel

Sunday, November 2nd, 2014

Although it has not yet been officially confirmed, newly-installed European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini of Italy allegedly is set to visit Israel this week for a two day visit.

Migherini, currently the foreign minister of Italy, succeeds Britain’s Catherine Ashton in the post at the EU.

She is also expected to pay a visit to Ramallah to meet with the leadership of the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority unity government headed by chairman Mahmoud Abbas, also known by his terrorist name, Abu Mazen.

According to a report by the European Jewish News, Mogherini is a member of Italy’s center-left government led by prime Minister Matteo Renzi, who is reputed to be friendly towards Israel and tough on Iranian nuclear issues.

SWIFT Refuses to Suspend Israel, Russia

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

The Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) has announced it will not buckle to pressure to disconnect Israel – or for that matter, Russia – from its international transaction system.

“SWIFT regrets the pressure, as well as the surrounding media speculation, both of which risk undermining the systemic character of the services that SWIFT provides its customers around the world. As a utility with a systemic global character, it has no authority to make sanctions decisions,” the group said in a statement released on Monday.

“SWIFT services are designed to facilitate its customers’ compliance with sanctions and other regulations, however SWIFT will not make unilateral decisions to disconnect institutions from its network as a result of political pressure,” the communique said.

The international Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions (BDS) movement has been trying to pressure the system – as well as numerous corporations and other systems – to boycott Israel in an attempt to destroy its economy. BDS supporters are hoping that through economic destruction, Israel will be forced to withdraw from territory it won in the defensive war forced upon it by Arab nations in 1967 – including numerous Jerusalem neighborhoods restored to the Israeli capital since that time.

Disconnecting Israel from SWIFT would isolate its economy from international trade. However, the Brussels-based SWIFT is incorporated under Belgium law, the system noted, blocking it from making such unilateral decisions.

“Any decision to impose sanctions on countries or individual entities rests solely with the competent government bodies and applicable legislators. Being EU-based, SWIFT complies fully with all applicable European law,” the statement said.

Last month, the SWIFT system transmitted more than 21 million financial messages per day between more than 10,500 financial institutions and corporations, in 215 countries, according to the RT news site.

Over the summer there were discussions among EU leaders on whether to consider disconnecting Russia from the SWIFT system as means of pressuring Moscow into backing away from the Ukraine conflict.

Obama Silent on Plans for New Homes for Jerusalem (Arabs)

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Jerusalem’s announcement Wednesday that a new Arab neighborhood for Arabs will be built was met by a thundering silence by the European Union and the United States, which throw a tantrum every time plans are drawn up for a single house for a Jew in parts of the capital claimed by the Palestinian Authority.

The Jerusalem Local Building and Planning Committee approved building 2,200 housing units on 375 acres in the Arav al-Swahara neighborhood.

Approval was secured after pressure by the judicial system, which was approached by a human rights legal council of the Hebrew University. Right-wing activists and Haredi city councilmen previously have blocked the plan, Haaretz reported.

“The planning of neighborhoods in eastern Jerusalem by the municipality is a clear expression of Israeli sovereignty over all parts of the city and strengthens the unity of Jerusalem,” said Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat.

He warned that the city faced a wave of illegal construction and accompanying damage to long-term environmental planning, if it did not act to provide more housing for Arabs.

Barkat’s claim that the new neighborhood will help unify the city will be judged in the future, but the lack of American response is nothing less than another admission that it considers Palestinian Authority demands a “done deal.”

On Sunday, the U.S. State Dept. expressed “concern” over plans for new homes for Jews in Gush Etzion and eastern Jerusalem, claimed by the Palestinian Authority, and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s spokeswoman Jen Psaki went so far as to state on Tuesday that Israel must “reverse” the decision.

Psaki, who apparently thinks she also is Israel’s Housing Minister, said it was “contrary to Israel’s stated goal of negotiating a permanent status agreement with the Palestinians, and it would send a very troubling message if they proceed.”

Kerry then picked up the phone complained to Netanyahu in what has been reported as a very uncordial conversation.

How, pray tell, can building for Jews be an obstacle to a permanent status agreement and building when building for Arabs is not an obstacle?

Any intelligent person, except for those in the Obama administration – and yes, they are very intelligent but equally ignorant – must conclude that President Barack Obama and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry are lying through their teeth when they claim they are not pushing PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ agenda.

They want “negotiations” by holding Abbas’ hand and standing behind Israel with a diplomatic knife to rip Jerusalem apart and returning to the 1049 Temporary Armistice Lines that the want to be permanent, 47 years after the borders were finally dismantled by the Six-Day War in 1967.

Despite all the criticism, including on these pages, of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for caving in so often to American pressure, it really is a wonder that Israel still is one piece considering the open hypocrisy of the White House and State Dept.

Abbas is well aware of that, so he can expect that his negotiator Saeb Erekat, the one who has quite several times but miraculously doesn’t quit, is enjoying a friendly reception in Washington this week.

He reportedly is bringing with him Abbas’ three-year ”plan, to be read “ultimatum,” that Judea and Samaria and half of Jerusalem be rid of Jews by 2017.

Israel Would Have Freed Prisoners for Demilitarized Gaza, Asks Germany for Help

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Israel would have released Hamas prisoners in exchange for a demilitarized Gaza, sources say, but the terror group did not agree. Moreover, Hamas said it plans to resume fighting promptly at 8 am Friday, when the 72-hour cease fire runs out.

So Israel is now asking Germany and the EU to help with administration over Gaza to prevent future security problems.

Egyptian sources who spoke to the Hebrew-language Yediot Aharanot newspaper say that during cease fire talks in Cairo, Israeli negotiators agreed to release Hamas prisoners in exchange for demilitarizing Gaza.

The Israelis also considered the possibility of building a small airport and seaport in Gaza, but did not make a final decision on the issue. The sources said Israel refused to back down from the issue of demilitarizing Gaza, however, though the Jewish State was willing to also lift the blockade and expand the fishing zone.

In fact, Israel was willing to be flexible on nearly all the demands put forth by the Palestinian Arab factions – but not on the issue of disarming Gaza, the sources said.

Israel is now calling on the European Union to step in and take an active role in dealing with the thorny issue of how to monitor the security issues from Gaza.

Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman told the German newspaper Bild in an interview published Thursday that inspectors from the EU and Germany should be sent to “monitor the Palestinians’ trade with neighboring countries… The EU already did that once at a crossing in Rafah in southern Gaza,” Liberman reminded.

The foreign minister added that Israel does not want to have to deal with administering Gaza after withdrawing its troops and communities from the region in 2005, but said a reasonable solution for Gaza residents must be found. He called on Germany to take a leading role in finding a viable resolution to the problem.

Until Hamas seized control over Gaza in 2007, the “EUBAM” program was started by the EU following Israel’s 2005 Disengagement from Gaza. EUBAM assigned 70 European observers as monitors over movement of human, material and vehicular traffic at the Rafah crossing between Gaza and Egypt.

Meanwhile, the entire discussion may be academic for the time being: Hamas rejected the extension of the current 72-hour cease fire beyond Friday at 8 am.

European Union ‘Warmly’ Welcomes Cease Fire Deal

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

The European Union “warmly” welcomed the announcement of the 72 hour humanitarian cease fire in Gaza,” according to a statement issued Tuesday from the office of the High Representative.

The statement called on “all parties to respect its terms,” adding, “There must be an immediate end to the loss of civilian lives. The firing of rockets from the Gaza Strip must stop. We commend all efforts, particularly those of Egypt, to broker this deal and hope that this can be extended into a lasting cease fire.

“We call on the parties not to miss this opportunity.

“We reiterate that the European Union stands ready to contribute to a comprehensive and sustainable solution meeting the legitimate security, humanitarian and socioeconomic needs of the Israeli and Palestinian people,” the statement concluded.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/european-union-warmly-welcomes-cease-fire-deal/2014/08/05/

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